Introduction to Restorative Justice in Schools
From foundational concepts to practical, real-life techniques, this introductory program grounds the community in the fundamental principles of restorative justice and its potential as a transformative way of being in school and community settings. Core circle practices, engaging discussions, video and activities help participants deepen their understanding of the most essential elements of restorative justice and will guide the group in applying these ideas in various professional settings.
Restoring the Self: Basic Mindfulness and Restorative Practices for Educators
The restorative continuum of practices begins with restoration of self. School-based work can be extremely stressful for both educators and students, and the ability to identify vulnerable decision points and self regulate with practices rooted in mindfulness can transform school communities. This program will frame circles as inherently mindful processes and give educators the tools they need to create grounded, humane and sustainable communities in their classrooms and beyond.
Facilitating Restorative Circles: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Series
Popular approaches to restorative justice in schools frame the practice as a disciplinary model or an alternative to suspension. The Facilitating Restorative Circles program challenges this fundamentally narrow view of RJ. Through practice, video and text-based activities, participants will learn how to use circles to manage their own inter-dependent school groups, build community, make decisions and maintain relationships. Each participant will facilitate a circle and gain a deeper understanding of the role of the facilitator in community building circle processes.
Restorative Justice, Teacher Evaluation and the Common Core Standards; Bridging the Gaps for Leaders in Restorative School Communities
Are you a school or district leader with a desire to implement restorative practices on a systemic level? If so, how does a restorative model function within the unmovable requirements of public school administration? This program addresses the ways in which restorative practices fit into evaluative frameworks for teacher effectiveness and school quality reviews, as well as how content demands guided by standardized testing and the Common Core State Standards can be supported by circle processes.
Restorative Justice as a Culturally Responsive Strategy: RJ through an Equity Lens
When practiced with intention, restorative justice processes in schools create spaces within which young people can be their culturally authentic selves. Additionally, restorative practices have been shown to narrow the racial discipline gap that represents one of the many ways our schools reproduce institutional racism. At Restorative Practice NYC, we believe that human-centered practices can help dismantle patterns of oppression in schools. This program offers an in-depth approach to restorative work through a racial justice and culturally responsive lens with the explicit intention of creating a more equitable and just school community.
Training of Trainers Series
What are the components of a transformative training? The answer to this question lives in the room as ToT participants collectively brainstorm the needs of their school leaders and troubleshoot potential obstacles to effective turnkey training. Through a series of role-playing activities, each member of the ToT group will teach a component of the restorative justice continuum of school-based practices in a workshop model that incorporates circle practice. This day is framed within a horizontal learning model, relying on the support and feedback of the participants to problem-solve and hone each trainer’s particular skill set.